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Issue 5, 2013: 8th May

News & comment on sustainable development

The State of Natural Capital

In its first annual report the Natural Capital Committee sets out how natural capital can be hard wired into economic decision making in this country to ensure "the better protection and enhancement of our valuable natural assets".

The Committee on Climate Change calls for cuts in imported as well as domestic emissions, arguing that a global deal could reduce the UK footprint by 70%.

We also look this month at the Government's new sustainable transport strategy and awards for sustainable business and for social and environmental entrepreneurs in less developed countries.

Nick Saltmarsh, Editor - sd.scene@defra.gsi.gov.uk

UK Government news »

The state of natural capital »

The Natural Capital Committee, giving independent advice on incorporating natural capital into national and corporate accounting, publishes its first annual report.

» From the archive: The Natural Capital Committee - putting natural capital at the heart of economic thinking

Committee on Climate Change calls for cut in imported emissions »

CCC report on the UK’s carbon footprint identifies a growing need to cut imported emissions, arguing that a global deal could reduce the UK footprint by 70%.

» From the archive: How well prepared is the UK for climate change?

Door to Door strategy for cleaner, greener transport »

The Government's Door to Door strategy aims to improve sustainable transport integration and reduce the barriers to the use of sustainable local transport.

» From the archive: Using behavioural insights for more sustainable transport

News round-up:fish discards, agroforestry, endangered species, Environment Agency, Natural England »

Fish discards ban, award for agroforestry project, endangered species campaign, stakeholder views on Environment Agency and Natural England review.

International news »

Applications invited for 2013 SEED Awards »

The 2013 SEED Awards offer innovative and inspiring social and environmental entrepreneurs the chance to win support to help expand their business.

» From our archive: Scaling up entrepreneurial sustainable development projects in South Africa

Business news »

Sustainable development in business recognised in Queen’s Awards for Enterprise »

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2013 have recognised nine businesses for their outstanding achievement in sustainable development.

National and local news »

Scotland becomes a Fair Trade Nation »

Scotland has achieved Fair Trade Nation status having demonstrated a lasting impact to reduce poverty, improve lives around the world, and help them to access their rights.

Research news »

20 years of monitoring initiatives in sustainable agriculture »

A DFID research review examines 20 years of monitoring initiatives in sustainable agriculture, providing insights and tools to help stakeholders prioritise investments and manage competing development goals.

» From our archive: Sustainable intensification in agriculture

Events »

Greening Government 2013 Conference »

10 September, London: Funded public and third sector delegate places are available for the Greening Government 2013 Conference: Delivering change, promoting excellence.

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